Reflecting on the Life of a Tomb Raider

   12/02/2018 at 22:07       RICHARD HORNE       1 COMMENTS.
Few gaming characters are as recognisable as Lara Croft. Since her debut in 1996, the star of the Tomb Raider series has been regarded as a worldwide sensation. On top of that, this year looks set to be another big one for the franchise, with a new film based on the 2013 reboot starring Alicia Vikander coming in March and the latest game in the series, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, planned for release later in the year. With all this on the horizon, now seems as good a time as any to look back o...
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Review

   26/01/2018 at 16:39       CHRIS OTOOLE       0 COMMENTS.
As The Vanishing of Ethan Carter opens, you find yourself in the shoes of detective Paul Prospero, standing on some rusty, broken down train tracks that lead into an atmospheric, beautifully realised forest. You are also in possession of a letter written by Ethan himself, and now it's up to you to find him. To spend any more time explaining the story would do the game a disservice, you really need to experience this for yourself. Developed by The Astronauts who were responsib...
Beholder Review

   18/01/2018 at 16:09       CHRIS OTOOLE       0 COMMENTS.
Review by Dean Davis This War of Mine meets the German film The Lives of Others was my initial thought about Beholder, a game that pits you as the landlord of an apartment building with an ulterior motive, you were installed there by a totalitarian state to spy on your tenants. You install video cameras in double sneaky places (not even remotely sneaky places at all), look through all of their personal belongings and through conver...
SOMA Xbox One Review

   15/12/2017 at 18:40       CHRIS OTOOLE       0 COMMENTS.
Review by Ror Brennan. Two years after it first debuted on PC and PS4, Frictional's latest slice of terror finally arrives on Xbox One. Rather than the interdimensional gothic horror of Amnesia, however, SOMA opts for a near-future science fiction setting, and looks to ask questions about what it means to be human. You awake in a Toronto apartment in 2015, in the body of Simon Jarrett, a poor sod who's recently suffered a traumatic accident. ...
Nine Parchments Nintendo Switch Review

   11/12/2017 at 18:09       CHRIS OTOOLE       0 COMMENTS.
Review by Ashley Fiddes.   Nine Parchments is a a co-op action RPG game from Frozenbyte, the developer of Trine and (the imo excellent) Has Been Heroes.  In Nine Parchments you lead an apprentice wizard of your choice (eight different wizards to choose from, two available at the start, with six unlockable through quests within the game) on a mission to build their grimoire with lost spells. To do this you a...
Pinball FX3 Review

   15/11/2017 at 17:09       CHRIS OTOOLE       0 COMMENTS.
Zen Studio's Pinball FX2 has been the gold standard of Pinball games, sure Pinball Arcade has real life tables as its selling point, but Zen Studios managed to make craft, variety and fun theirs. Which leaves us begging the question of where does the Hungarian developer go for the next generation Pinball FX3? Well first things first any tables you have already bought in Pinball FX2 can be imported into the new game free of charge, and they have all ...
Demon Gaze II Review

   07/11/2017 at 17:36       CHRIS OTOOLE       0 COMMENTS.
Review by Ashley Fiddes Demon Gaze II is a...
Yomawari: Midnight Shadows PS4 Review

   27/10/2017 at 16:43       CHRIS OTOOLE       0 COMMENTS.
Review by Ror Brennan. You know a game takes its scares seriously when the first thing it asks you to do is turn off all the lights and refrain from tearing your gaze from the screen. Yomawari: Midnight Shadows even implores you to promise not to break these rules. You might wish you did. Much like last year's Yomawari: Night Alone, Midnight Shadows begins with a little girl and her dog. While we, unfortunately, had to witness the de...
Jettomero: Hero of the Universe Review

   16/10/2017 at 18:16       CHRIS OTOOLE       0 COMMENTS.
Review by Ror Brennan. Like many games, the first thing Jettomero asks you to do is walk. Few games can make you smile through this simple interaction, but as your huge stompy robot begins to clumsily clomp across the surface of a tiny planetoid, you can't help but have a little giggle to yourself.  Jettomero: Hero of the Universe is a game about a kind-of-cute-I-guess gargantuan robot who believes he's probably the saviour of the ...
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana review

   13/09/2017 at 15:38       CHRIS OTOOLE       0 COMMENTS.
I've played Ys games before, they started as fun Zelda-a-likes with bump combat, you'd go barging into the baddies anywhere but head-on to defeat them. This is all I can remember about them, not the story. Not the characters. Just the bumpy-bumpy. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana changes this though, and I'm sure I'll have no problem retaining this intriguing tale. You start the game as Adol Christin, an impossibly beautiful boy with red hair, and the starriest ey...
South Park Won't Be Coming to Nintendo Switch

   29/03/2017 at 23:19       RICHARD HORNE       0 COMMENTS.
There hasn't been much good news for South Park fans lately. The most recent game, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, was initially supposed to be released in time for the 2016 holidays. Then it was pushed back until the beginning of this year. After that, it was delayed yet again with an expected release date sometime in during Ubisoft's next fiscal year. That means it could come out any time between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018. Now, despite all the extra time, we've received...
Sniper Elite 4 Review - Xbox One

   21/02/2017 at 22:22       RICHARD HORNE       1 COMMENTS.
Five or six years ago it was inconceivable to think that the gaming fraternity would long for the days of muddy browns and natural greens, of rusty old weapons fashioned out a massive block of wood and a bit of metal. World War II and historical shooters had been done to death. The well was well and truly dry. But with the transition into a more frenetic and unrealistic sci-fi future, we’ve gotten away from why we liked these games in the first place. Staring your enemy cold in the eye ...
Mantis Burn Racing Review

   14/10/2016 at 12:59       CHRIS OTOOLE       1 COMMENTS.
Mantis Burn Racing is an overhead viewed racer in the vein of Micro Machines, or if you are old like me, Super Off-road (I'm not going to mention Indy 500 on the VCS, because that makes me feel ancient). First things first Mantis Burn Racing looks gorgeous from the teensy cars to the tracks themselves, everything is full of character and detail. Destructible objects line the racing surface too, and these prove to be a joy when you power sli...
Mafia III Looks Brutally Brilliant

   04/10/2016 at 09:30       CHRIS OTOOLE       0 COMMENTS.
Check out this bloody brilliant trailer for Mafia III, and learn how Lincoln Clay owns the battlefield against Sal Marcano and the Italian mafia in New Bordeaux. From stalking enemies and performing brutal covert takedowns, to balls out massacres with guns blazing, you'll be helping Lincoln do whatever it takes as he dismantles the Marcano family. Due for release on the 7th of October we're really looking forward to this one, Mafia II was a bit of an...
Mount & Blade Warband Review

   16/09/2016 at 16:40       CHRIS OTOOLE       0 COMMENTS.
Mount & Blade Warband is not a looker by any stretch of the imagination, it's rough around the edges, the models are pretty poor and the textures aren't the greatest. On the plus side it does move pretty well, it's lovely and smooth and I only noticed a few instances of tearing. The story is told through a 'choose your own adventure' book kind of way. You read a bit of text then choose from a couple of options. Not that there is much of a story, there's no saving the world here, ...
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Khanivor - In response to: Battle Chasers: Nightwar Review - 129day(s) ago.
Enjoyed this, cheers!
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Looks who's back. Shady's back.
GOD - In response to: Sniper Elite 4 Review - Xbox One - 544day(s) ago.
Micro Machines was my favourite!
ClaytonNotClive - In response to: Mantis Burn Racing Review - 586day(s) ago.
i agree chris, the Aliens table makes the others look bad.. because its so goood!! but they arent that bad.. haha! ...
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